Snowflakes are an endless source of fascination and wonder for me. Their symmetrical geometry and exquisite beauty – unique to each and every snowflake. A true miracle of nature, demonstrating the underlying patterns of life.
Being invisible to the eye, we are more used to seeing them in the form of Christmas decorations, or as images in scientific manuals. But Russian photographer Andrew Osokin has mastered the art of capturing breathtaking photographs of individual snowflakes that have fallen upon the ground and are in the process of melting away.
“All the pictures which science now draws of nature and which alone seem capable of according with observational fact are mathematical pictures…From the intrinsic evidence of his creation, the Great Architect of the Universe now begins to appear as a pure mathematician.” ~ Sir James H.Jeans (1877-1946, English physicist, astronomer and writer)
The Geometry of Snowflakes:
The shape snowflakes form is called a hexagon, a six-folded star shape comprised of six sides, six edges and six branches. Notice the reoccurring theme? These frozen fractals are obsessed with six! Hexagons are a pretty prevalent shape of nature, found in beehives – notably because it is the most efficient structural use of space.
So what’s the symbolism of the number Six?
The website tarrotteachings.com offers a comprehensive explanation of symbolic meaning of the number six. Author Avia Venefica draws from the texts of ancient Pythagoreans to state that six walks into the realm of cosmic creation. She outlines the below meanings according to western numerology:
Below are a selection of photos by master of winter macro photography, Andrew Osokin. Check out his photo collection full of gorgeous super-close-up photographs of insects, flowers, snow, and frost.
You can enjoy many more of Andrew Osokin’s impressive winter macro photography over on his LensArt.ru website.
Next time a snowflake lands on your tongue, take a moment to consider the stunning geometrical architecture of one of natures miracles.
Image credits: Photographs by Andrew Osokin Photography
Symbolic Meaning of Six, www.tarotteachings.com
Image credits: Photographs by Andrew Osokin